Mama Pea’s Thai Fried Quinoa and ‘The 99 Hardcore Workout’

Well once again Mama Pea you have thoroughly pulled it outta the bag!

Your ‘Thai Fried Quinoa’ is amazing! And just like your ‘Peanut Mmmm Sauce’ I will probably eat this for the next 4 days in a row!

It’s that good.

Mama Pea’s Thai Fried Quinoa

Full recipe here

I made a couple of additions/changes.

  • I fried my spring onions in a tablespoon of coconut oil rather than olive oil.
  • I used chicken stock rather than vegetable just because it was all we had in.
  • I added some broccoli florets along with the pineapple and the peas.
  • And I added a teaspoon of green thai curry paste to the quinoa just before i mixed everything together.
  • Oh and I left out the tofu as i’m not a fan, but this dish is great on it’s own, without any addition. Although chicken would go nicely! :)

I made it for dinner last night and it was sooo good that I made it again today for lunch! :)

Also yesterday I finally tried Katy @ Fit in Heels ‘The 99 Hardcore Workout’

(If you haven’t already checked this girlies blog out, do so now! Well after you finish reading this post anyway!)

When I first saw the plan I thought I was hallucinating… 8 sets of torture?! 

  1. 99 Jumping Jacks 99 Crunches 99 Push Ups (Modified) 99 Second Plank 99 Squats
  2. 88 Jumping Jacks 88 Crunches 88 Push Ups (Modified) 88 Second Plank 88 Squats
  3. 77 Jumping Jacks 77 Crunches 77 Push Ups (Modified) 77 Second Plank 77 Squats
  4. 66 Jumping Jacks 66 Crunches 66 Push Ups (Modified) 66 Second Plank 66 Squats
  5. 55 Jumping Jacks 55 Crunches 55 Push Ups (Modified) 55 Second Plank 55 Squats
  6. 44 Jumping Jacks 44 Crunches 44 Push Ups (Modified) 44 Second Plank 44 Squats
  7. 33 Jumping Jacks 33 Crunches 33 Push Ups (Modified) 33 Second Plank 33 Squats
  8. 22 Jumping Jacks 22 Crunches 22 Push Ups (Modified) 22 Second Plank 22 Squats

Yep thats right, you read it correctly, thats 484 reps of each exercise… 484 pushups for crying out loud!!!

But this girl knows what she’s talking about, so I ignored the screaming voice inside my head saying noooooo don’t do it! It will be torture… and I gave it a whirl!

The plan calls for modified pushups so I took this as a definite on yer knees job! There was NO WAY I could have completed this doing normal pushups! I also had to stop a couple of times to stretch out my achey arms! I took no more than a couple of seconds though, I really wanted to push myself. I also only rested for a really short period of time in between each set, 30 seconds max.

Don’t let the high number put you off attempting this workout, it is doable and my arms and legs have a nice ache goin on today thats for sure! It makes you realise you can actually do a whole lot more per set that you originally would have thought!

Take the squats for example, In a normal ‘do it at home’ workout (not Muay Thai) I probably do 4 or 5 sets of 30 reps and I have normally had enough after that 30 are done, and especially after all of the sets are completed. I wouldn’t even think of adding another 364 reps! Yet after completing the 8 big sets in this workout, its clear to me that my mind sets the limitations and my body lives up to them, meaning I’m definitely not exercising up to my true potential because of it.

So, thanks Katy for this killer workout! :) Also thanks for this valuable little lesson about smashing through my imagined limitations! 

Anyhoo, enough of my rambling! :) I took the dogs out for a 35 minute jog before starting this workout but I think I would have rather done it afterwards, just to losen my muscles a little after all those squats.

Actually, sorry to skip from subject to subject but while I remember has anyone heard of the Insanity workouts?? I stumbled across their website a couple days ago via Dani @ Squirrel Snackin’ and they look great! hardcore but great! Only thing is you have to buy the full set of dvds rather than one at a time so before I spend my hard earned dollar euro I’m wondering has anyone tried these workouts? What results did you get from them?

Jambalayaaa Jambalaaayaa!

I really hope I don’t offend anyone with this next paragraph but this is my blog and i’m going to say exactly what I think without busting my balls trying to be diplomatic. I’m fairly certain that no one reading this blog fits into these categories anyway!

We ended up going to Agia Napa for the night on Saturday… hmmm… definitely not my kind of place. And it’s not even that I have grown out of that kind of stuff, Agia Napa really is just an awful place, for the most part filled with awful people!

I know your thinking jesus judgmental much?! But after a night brushing shoulders with sweaty stella drinkers I was out of patience and wet wipes! Believe me I’m not a snob, I love relaxed non showy bars pubs and clubs as much as the next person, in fact i’m pretty much anti showy poserish bars but I’m really not a fan of loud girls gyrating on poles whilst flashing everything, screaming, swearing and swilling cider!

We had fun as we always do when we are out…

But I don’t think i’ll be going back anytime soon! Sorry i’m not sorry! :D

And on the drive home… Awwww :) And thanks Luke for being Des for the night… I have no idea how you tackled Agia Napa sober!?

Anyway thank you dear readers for letting me rant, I am now going to move onto nicer topics! :)

Sunday we went to Makronisos beach with Mike and Florentia, I didn’t get many pictures but I did snap this little gem…

Hahaha he will kill me if he sees this! We were worried about him burning his head so the boys very kindly picked up this fetching hat from the beach shop. :D

We had THE most relaxing day ever with a few g&t’s and long naps for all! :) When we arrived home we decided none of us were up for going out (My kidneys and liver included!) so I made us some Jambalaya and we got cosy on the couch and watched Paul, quite a funny film but a bit random. We were all in bed by 12:30!! *gasp*

Today it’s by the pool, muay thai at 3:00 and then who knows, we have no fixed plans yet. Maybe we’ll head to Galu a nearby beach bar. I am definitely staying off the alcohol though as a) I have already drank way more than I wanted to this past week and b) I have shoots on tuesday and wednesday and I would like to fit into some of the outfits thankyouverymuch!

Onto the Jambalaya! I love big one pot dishes and this one is a firm favourite!


Diced pork w peppers and onions (left over from the BBQ)

Prawns (De shelled and tailed)

Chorizo (chopped into rounds)

1 Onion (Red)

1 Pepper (Red, but you can use any)

Cayenne Pepper ( I used a generous amount but as much or as little as you like)

Chipotle Tabasco Sauce (Same as above)

1 Tin of tomatoes


Mushrooms (Chopped)

2 Cups of Wholegrain rice

Handful of Coriander (Cilantro)

Salt + Pepper for seasoning

Chicken stock ( In about 2 pints boiling water, but I just added more water as needed)


Pour some oil into a big pot and heat up, then add your meat and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Then add your onion, peppers, mushrooms and some salt and pepper and cook for a further 5 minutes. (Keep a medium heat here)

Now add your garlic and stir through.

Then add your chicken stock, your tinned tomatoes, the cayenne pepper and the Chipotle Tabasco sauce. Stir through, bring everything to the boil then turn down the heat to medium and cover your pot with a lid and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Now add your rice and coriander, give it a good stir and pop the lid back on. Cook for another 20 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid sticking.

Finally stir in your peas and prawns and cook for a further 5 minutes and voila! You have a hot spicy delicious Jambalaya! I served mine garnished with more coriander. Love the stuff, can’t get enough! :)

Hope you all had a great weekend, anyone get up to anything exciting?!

And finally if anybody has any great Jambalaya recipes then feel free to link to them in your comments!

African Peanut Stew

Ok so I know this weather…

Really doesn’t equate to this meal…

But this is what my tummy is craving… hot, one pot, stew like dishes! I know I am weird but hey, I say go with it! :) I was trying to make this African Peanut Stew on wednesday but unfortunately I had a little ‘accident’ ie I burnt the peanuts…

Not my finest moment in the kitchen i’ll admit! :/ But anyway yesterday I decided to give it another bash…

Successfully roasted peanuts… *sighs with relief*

Look at all the mess we had to create just to get one cup of peanuts… (which was actually far too many in the end anyways) I will be finding bits of peanut shell under the sofa for weeks to come!

Peeled the potatoes and chopped the onion…

Sauteed my onions for a few minutes, then I added my minced garlic and minced ginger into the mix!

After a few more minutes I added my chopped sweet potatoes, chicken stock, tinned tomatoes, peanuts and peanut butter and gave it all a good old stir…

Then I brought it all to the boil, added my cayenne pepper and my cilantro and stirred through…

Then I turned the heat down low and let it simmer away for about 90 minutes.

With 15 minutes to go I put some water on to boil and added 1/2 cup of quinoa. I could have used rice but I wasn’t feeling it…

And ta daaa!

This is really really tasty, very hot but very tasty! But then I used a heaped teaspoon of cayenne pepper, which will definitely account for the ‘hotness’ so I guess you can change that around to suit your tastes! I got this recipe here at simply recipes and the only thing I changed was that I left out the chicken… but between you, me and the four walls… the chicken would have gone down a treat in this dish!! ;)

I didn’t make this stew in as large a volume as the original recipe stated as theres only two of us, but being away with the fairies meant that I forgot to lower the amount of peanuts so we ended up with far too many. Aside from this little slip up it was lovely! And it nicely satisfied my craving for something hot and hearty!

Obviously then I had to bring the food consumption back round in line with the weather so, I ate this… :)

Jobs a good’un! ;)

Great start to the weekend! Pool day today then maybe later we will head to Ammos for some dinner! :)

Hope your all enjoying your weekend?!

Quinoa with Currants, Courgette and Dill

Ok so I decided I should jump straight back on the horse! Quinoa YOU WILL NOT  BEAT ME! So for lunch today, with the help of Heidi and one of her recipes over at 101 Cookbooks I managed to make my first uber tasty quinoa dish! :) And it looks so pretty sat on one of our new plates!!

But before I get onto the food. Today I woke up to this beautiful weather… a pool about 3 feet away from my bedroom and palm trees IN MY GARDEN! :)

It made me realise how lucky I am to have this lifestyle and these surroundings. So was obviously in a great mood. But then somehow I ended up narky and frustrated?! Not sure what exactly caused it but I had a little black rain cloud following me EVERYWHERE. I think it was due to the lack of exercise I have been getting recently as I have just done a punishing 90 minutes Muay Thai session and feel great. Serenity is restored! Or something like that! :) Honestly though the benefits of exercise for me go so far beyond aesthetics. Even 4 90 minute sessions a week keep me centered and focused like nothing else. Seeing how much my mood was affected has given me the kick I needed to get back on the exercise wagon after our holiday! So, thankfully I have a smile back on my face…

And Luke has come out of hiding! ;)

Seeing as i’m in this great mood again I thought I would write this post and share with you my lunch recipe for Quinoa with currants, courgettes and dill.

I started off by gathering my ingredients like so…

Then I heated a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and added my chopped onions… I let them cook for a minute or so then added the quinoa.

I cooked these togethere for about 2 minutes and then poured my boiling water in…

Reduced the heat, threw in my currants and some salt. Covered it and let it cook for around 15 minutes.

Whilst this was cooking I prepared the lemon juice and rind.

Grated my courgette

and fried an egg… I didn’t get a picture of this unfortunately, i’m absolutely useless at multi-tasking!! But everyone knows how to fry an egg though, right?! ;P

Then when the quinoa was cooked I threw in some salt, the lemon juice and rind, my grated courgette, most of the sesame seeds, most of the dill and gave it a good old stir! I served it topped with my fried egg, some crumbled up feta and the rest of my sesame seeds and dill.

And voila! Here you have it! Super tasty and super light, the perfect lunch!

Ingredients (Lonely meal for one!)

1/2 Cup of quinoa (rinsed)

Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

I Spring onion (chopped)

I Small courgette (grated)

1/2 Teaspoon of sesame seeds

1 Free Range Egg

Handfull of dill (chopped)

1/8 cup of currants

Rind of 1/4 of a lemon

2 Teaspoons of lemon juice

I don’t think I would have put these ingredients together by myself, mainly because unfortunately i’m just not that creative when it comes to food but also because I normally hate dishes with raisins in. But I hold my hand up and say this has changed my mind entirely! It tasted really good!! If you get the chance try it! :)

Now i’m feeling all brave in the kitchen I think my next attempt will be quinoa stuffed peppers! Thanks Erin for the idea and tasty looking recipe! :)

A few of my favourite NYC eats

There are millions of amazing things to do in New York, places to go, things to see, foods to eat… especially foods to eat! I swear thats all we seemed to do… eat. Oh yeah, and walk for miles and miles and miles! I know that in 9 days we barely scratched the surface but here, in no particular order are a few of my favourite places to eat… Now I kind of gave up on the no dairy thang as I was on holiday after all! :) However I did manage to stay completely vegetarian, something I could never have imagined doing less than a year ago. Luckily most places in New York have have masses of amazing options for vegetarians!

Anyway here goes…

1) The Cupping Room Cafe

Both mine and Luke’s favourite place for breakfast by far! Great atmosphere, very relaxed, noone rushing you (this seems to be very rare in most places in Manhattan!) And most importantly lovely food!

Chai Soya Latte… my new favourite… they don’t seem to make them anywhere in Cyprus though. :( If anybody out there knows a place, i’m all ears! :)

Granola with natural yoghurt and honey… quite a virtuous choice when just a few inches from my face Luke was inhaling pancakes with bacon and eggs and syrup! Jealous much :)

I made up for it though… What breakfast is complete without a chocolate croissant?! (I think I might be a little addicted to them, these particular ones for sure!)

Peppermint tea with lemon…

Our last day we came here for late lunch and of course to watch the football… well, Luke watched football. I had a great time eating, soaking up the atmosphere and watching the world go by from this cute little window seat…

Delicious wholewheat blueberry pancakes… half eaten before I remembered to snap a quick photo!

And a glass of ‘Lemonana’ a mix of lemonade, crushed ice, honey and mint. Best non alcoholic summer drink ever! Fact.

And of course desert… chocolate brownie :) Although I have to say this brownie was a little hard :/ Of course I still ate the entire thing… A brownie is still a brownie after all! And honestly even a slightly tough brownie didn’t put me off this place, it was just too cute!

2) Spring Street Natural

Our first meal in New York nearly 3 weeks ago now and I’m still craving their Taco Salad. It’s that good! I know i’ve already blogged about it but it had to be in my ‘favourites’ lineup! Also I love the fact that they serve whole, natural, mostly organic and minimally processed foods yet still cater for carnivorous boyfriends! :)

3) Ed’s Lobster Bar

Pretty much right next door to Spring Street Natural, on Lafayette street. This place is a little gem! Tiny unassuming front to it but luckily Luke spotted it’s potential and dragged me inside! (Note that I never really have to be dragged anywhere for food, I am always willing!)

We started with a mixed oyster platter… can’t remember which ones we had but they were yummy… so yummy that we couldn’t stop eating them even whilst taking a photo!

Then onto my new favourite thing to eat, spinach and artichoke dip… I think I have had it 5 times throughout our holiday! Love it! Comfort food at it’s best! Thank you Ed’s Lobster Bar for introducing me to that delicious little pot of goodness!

And of course for our main we chose the lobster… it would be a massive cop out to eat at a lobster bar and not actually eat some lobster. So here is a before shot…

And after…

We may have also sneaked a serving of fries into our order somewhere along the way! ;)

And finally (yes were still eating!) desert… homemade apple pie with ice cream. Is there a better more honest desert than this?? I don’t think so… well maybe sticky toffee pudding, but they are 2 in millions of pretentiously complicated (yet still tasty, don’t get me wrong!) deserts. Homemade apple pie reminds you it’s nice to keep it simple sometimes.

4) Piccola Cucina

A super cute little Italian located on Prince street in SoHo that we just wandered past one day. Were both big fans of small intimate restaurants so we booked a table for that evening. My god the food was amazing! For two people who have a tendency to overeat this place was dangerous! :)

I started with the Sicilian swordfish rolls with buffalo mozzarella and cherry tomato stew… this would have been enough on it’s own to be honest, but I soldiered on through two more courses! :)

Luke had the mussels… and this is his ‘will you let me get on with eating my food and stop taking photo’s’ face.

Next up I had the Tuna with Asparagus in the most amazingly rich tomatoey sauce… I can’t remember what the puree around the edges was and it’s not on the online menu but I do remember that it was FABULOUS!

For his main, Luke had the mixed grill plate… and look not a vegetable in sight! Haha his perfect meal! Actually he had a side order of an amazingly creamy olive mash, that counts right?! They grow from the ground…

Then we both shared some cannoli for desert… amazing but I have to say they don’t beat Maltese cannoli! :)

5) Central Park / Whole Foods / Union Square Farmers Market

Plus some sunshine and a bottle of red thrown in for good measure and you have yourselves a bloody great picnic! :)

Why is it impossible to use this camera and not look like a pirate?! Garrrrr I be takin yerr picturrrrre… I just don’t get it!

6) Emack and Bolio’s

Located at 73 W Houston Street (I think they have more locations though) Emack and Bolio’s THE BEST place for ice cream! I had the reese’s pieces chocolate dipped cone with ‘chocolate dream’ ice cream :) Luke had some banana creation… (ickkk  love bananas but can’t stand banana ice cream… I think ordering it is a tactical plan by Luke to stop me from stealing his ice cream! Smart boy!) You have to give this place a try… go on… it’s good to be bad! ;)

7) abc kitchen

This place was lovely and is a definite must for all foodies out there but the real reason I love this place, is the interior. It focuses on using salvaged, reclaimed and recycled building materials, honestly there are some beautiful items made by various local artists. They have an online shop thats worth a look although it’s a little pricey.

I didn’t get any proper pictures of the food but everything we had was lovely. I ordered from the lunch prix fixe menu. I had the ramp and goats cheese toast to start which was amazing! Then I had the spinach and quinoa salad with shitake mushrooms and goats cheese. And then of course, I had desert. Salted caramel ice cream, candied peanuts and popcorn with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. It was amazing but very rich, I’m ashamed to say I couldn’t finish it. Luke had the chicken liver toast to start. Then the mushrooms, parmesan, oregano and farm egg pizza with some fries as a side.

Me in a verrry happy place! :) Also check out my healthy smoothie… trying to counteract the effects of all that ice creamy goodness! Definitely delusional but it was worth a shot!

Ok so I know I have missed out a few of my fave’s but I’m gonna end here as this post is hella long… actually is anybody still there?! WAKE UP!! Don’t worry It’s over now! :D Also my computer is now burning my legs which can’t be a good thing!?

Plus i’m starving so I’m gonna go make something with the quinoa I picked up from Whole Foods… how exciting! haha! If it turns out ok I’m sure I will subject you to countless pictures and the recipe! ;)

Enjoy the rest of your wednesday!

Perfectly ‘nice’ Mexican Bean Burgers

Il be straight with you, these are nice… if your into that kinda thing, y’know the ‘veggie’ thing. I definitely am, Luke? not so much. When I asked him what he thought, his exact words were “well they’re bean burgers aren’t they” I just knew that in his mind he was comparing it to a big juicy beef burger and my sorry little bean burger was coming up short. :( As you can see I still have to work on Luke a little…

But what do boys know anyway, right?! ;)

So I am posting about these bean burgers in an act of outright defiance! I will not be ashamed of these healthy, tasty bean burgers that excluding soaking time took about 30 minutes maximum to make.

It has actually taken me a few days to get these burgers made as I kept forgetting to put the beans on to soak and as you know they take a good 12 hours… yawn. Perhaps tinned beans next time, yes.

I adapted this recipe from one at BBC Good Food (Loving this site at the moment!)

Directions for the burgers

1) First (12 hours earlier) soak your beans… unless your using tinned, then you can skip this step! :)

2) Pre heat your grill to high. Put all your beans into a large bowl and blend or mash if you can. Blending requires far less muscle!

3) Now add your breadcrumbs, egg, chilli powder, salsa and half of the coriander. Season and mix all together.

4) Now divide the mixture into 6 burgers. It might help to wet your hands a little first. Place on a non stick baking tray and grill for 4/5 minutes on each side.

While your burgers are cooking you can make the lime yogurt

Mix the remaining coriander with the yoghurt and lime and season generously with pepper.

By now your burgers should look something like this…

Finally take your pitta or whatever you enjoy your burgers in and spread the lime yoghurt all over the base. Now add your burger, some salsa and toppings of your choice! Onions, Avocado, Salad whatever you feel like! And Enjoy! (Unless your Luke) :)

Ingredients for the burger

250g mixed beans (black eyed, black turtle, butter, haricot, lima, pinto, red kidney, rose cocoa, alubia and mung)

1/2 of your chopped coriander

1 wholewheat pitta (for breadcrumbs)

2 Teaspoons of chilli powder

1 Egg

2 Tablespoons of salsa

For the yoghurt

1 Pot of 0% fat greek yoghurt

1/2 of your chopped coriander

Juice of half a lime


Homemade Wholewheat Vegetarian Pizza

You hear that?? ‘Vegetarian’ Im making up for yesterday! 

Ok, my first time attempting pizza and it turned out fantastically!!! The lady who wrote this recipe must be a genius, as I am pretty useless at making anything bread shaped. I didn’t spin it above my head or anything but it tasted great and looks wise I give it at least a 7 out of 10! :)

I found it in an article in the New York Times by Martha Rose Shulman I haven’t had a look through her website yet but i’m sure there must be more little gems like this just waiting to be cooked up and devoured!

For all those who don’t feel confident about making pizza from scratch, this is definitely the recipe for you!! I would go as far as to say it’s foolproof as I have made it twice (It may have actually been on two consecutive days! Yep It’s that good!) and both times, perfect! I’m not even normally a massive fan of pizza, it leaves me feeling really horrible and bloated, whereas after this I just felt nicely full.

In fact I can’t believe I didn’t post this recipe sooner!


1) Combine your water, yeast and sugar, stir and leave to sit for a few minutes. Then add your olive oil.

2) Get a large bowl and combine your wholewheat flour, all-purpose flour and salt and pulse once or twice with a handheld blender.

3) Now pour your yeast mixture into your flour mixture with the blender still going. The dough will become tacky and should stick in a lump on the end of the blender. Now moisten your hands with a little water and take all the dough in your hands and knead on a lightly floured surface for about 2 / 3 minutes. (Don’t skimp on the kneading, it’s important!)

4) Now shape your dough into a ball, rounded on one side and slightly pinched on the other. Place the dough in a clean lightly oiled bowl first rounded side down and then rounded side up. Cover tightly with clingfilm and leave it to rise in a warm spot for about 1 1/2 hours.

5) Now divide your dough into two balls and rest on a clean lightly oiled tray. Cover with a damp cloth and leave for 15 minutes or so.

6) Now preheat your oven to 230c and roll out your dough to a 12 / 14 inch circle. (I made mine into one big rectangular shape so it fit perfectly on my baking tray) With your fingers slightly raise the edge of the pizzas to form a crust. Lightly oil your pizza tray and sprinkle on a little flour. Now place your pizzas on the tray, brush a little oil over the base (not the crust) and begin your topping!

Pizza Topping 

1) First I poured my chopped tomatoes into a bowl and mixed in 2 heaped teaspoons of tomato paste and a heaped teaspoon of green pesto and some dried oregano. Then I spread this all over the base of the pizzas.

2) Now I added my chopped mushrooms…

3) And spinach…

4) Then some sundried tomatoes…

5) Then on Lukes part of the pizza I added some grated emmental cheese. On my part I sprinkled some feta light. I then added small dollops of pesto all over the whole pizza… nom nom :) Finally I seasoned with dried oregano.

6) Now put your pizza in the oven and bake for around 15 minutes until the crust is golden brown and crisp, like so…

Ingredients for the dough

2 Teaspoons active dry yeast (I used this one)

1 Cup of warm water

1/2 Teaspoon of sugar

1 Teaspoon of olive oil plus extra for brushing the pizzas

1 1/2 Cups of wholewheat flour plus extra for when kneading

1 1/4 cups of unbleached all purpose flour

1 Teaspoon salt

Ingredients for the topping

1/2 tin of chopped tomato’s

2 heaped teaspoons of tomato paste

1 heaped teaspoon of pesto (plus extra to add on top if you like)

Mushrooms (chopped)

Fresh spinach (washed and torn)

Sun dried tomato’s (chopped)

Feta light (parmesan or mozzarella also works well)

Dried oregano (to taste)

Anyhoo, now thats done I’m going back to my book! Currently reading The Optimum Nutrion Bible. A friend bought it for me as a gift and it’s great, packed with information (in fact so far it’s shaping up to be a bit of a life changer!) a must read if your into this kind of stuff!

However I will warn you it’s quite a hard read. I keep getting distracted… mainly by food but also by sunshine! Must. concentrate. more! Will post a full review as soon as i’m finished… in about 3 months! :)